Amiga (WinUAE) – How to install lha and Installer

Requirements

For this step by step example we’ll install lha and Installer scripts programs using WinUAE.
lha is program to extract lha archive, and Installer is a script required for installing many other software on Amiga Harddrive.
The Amiga system configuration used is the following:

A600
2 Mb RAM
2 Hard disks (1 hardfile and one PC folder mapped as hard disk)
Workbench > 2.0x installed (Follow this guide for how-to)

Programs:
lha.run (download it from aminet.net)
Installer (download from aminet.net)

How to install lha and Installer

Create an empty folder, name it as you like (“Storage” we say), and put lha.run and Installer program (in this example I used Installer-43_3.lha)

In WinUAE, under sections CD & Hard drives click on “Add directory or archive” button and select the created folder.

Do like the image below

hardfile_end

Now run WinUAE and wait for the Workbench start screen.

Once the Workbench is loaded, click on DH0 (System drive) and click the Shell icon.

Tip: Shell icon is just a shortcut to System/CLI

Now go into DH1 and type

> Storage:
> lha.run Ram:

lha.run will start to extract all lha files into Ram. Now type:

> Copy Ram:lha_68k C:lha

We simply copied the right lha file (optimized with 68000 CPU) into System:C as lha

Tip: Why just C drawer ?
Because it’s in the Amiga Search Path, which is used to search for when a command is launched.
Look at this scheme for further details (image taken from wikipedia

DosFig3-2

> lha x Installer-43_3.lha Ram:
> Copy Ram:Installer43_3/Installer C:

We have now copied Installer Program.

Tip: Installer is a script program required for installing many Amiga programs.

Clean the Ram by typing:

> DELETE Ram:#? ALL

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